Flower shortlisted for accolade

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Andrew Strauss & Andy Flower

Under Andy Flower's guidance, England have been brilliant recently, prompting the Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for an award

England team director Andy Flower has been shortlisted for the 2010 High-performance Coach of the Year Award.

The 42-year-old has overseen a remarkably fruitful period since taking the reins on a permanent basis in April 2009, with England flourishing in all forms of the game.

They are unbeaten in six successive Test series, of which they have won five, but their advance in one-day cricket has perhaps been the most remarkable achievement.

In the 50-over game, Flower’s side have won their last five series, and their improvement in the shorter forms is further underlined by their triumph in the World Twenty20 in May.

And those successes could see Flower awarded the prestigious gong, although he will have to stave off competition from Peter Cowen and Robert McCracken.

Cowen has helped Lee Westwood become the world’s number-one golfer, while he also coaches Ryder Cup star and US Open champion Graeme McDowell, as well as British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen.

McCracken, meanwhile, has overseen a brilliant year for British amateur boxing in his role as Great Britain Boxing performance director.

The winner of the gong will be in line for the UK Coach of the Year Award, going head-to-head with the winners in the Children’s Coach of the Year, Participation Coach of the Year and Performance-development Coach of the Year categories.

The winners of the 2010 UK Coaching Awards will be announced on November 30 in an evening ceremony at the Brewery, London.

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